The Merry-Go-Round

The Merry-Go-Round

Director: Rupert Julian, Erich Von Stroheim Cast: Norman Kerry, Mary Philbin

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Best known today as the film which cost director Erich Von Stroheim his job at Universal Studios, Merry Go Round contains enough Von Stroheim touches to suggest that "official" director Rupert Julian merely tied together the film's loose ends. The titular merry-go-round is owned by the unspeakable George Siegmann, who inflicts all sorts of casual cruelties upon organ-grinder Mary Philbin. In addition to enduring Siegmann, Philbin must decide whether or not Austrian-count Norman Kerry truly loves her, or is merely toying with her in the months before his arranged marriage with countess Dorothy Wallace. The latter seems to be the case when Kerry goes through with his marriage. While fighting in the Franco-Prussian war, Kerry fortuitously comes across Philbin's dying father (Cesare Gravina), who roundly chastises the count before expiring. After the war, an impoverished and widowed Kerry tries to make amends to Philbin, who by now is herself engaged to hunchbacked circus performer George Hackathorne. A happy ending is in store for all concerned except the villainous Siegmann (remember him?), who suffers an appropriately grisly demise.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0885444585296
Original Release: 1923
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 68,554

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Norman Kerry Count Franz Maxmillian von Hohenegg
Mary Philbin Agnes Urban
Cesare Gravina Sylvester Urban
Edith Yorke Ursula Urban
George Hackathorne Bartholomew Gruber
Dale Fuller Mariana Huber
Lillian Sylvester Mrs. Aurora Rossreiter
Spottiswood Aitken Minister of War/Gisella's Father
Dorothy Wallace Komtasse Gisella von Steinbrueck
Al Edmundsen Nepomuck Navrital
Albert Conti Rudi/Baron von Leightsinn
Charles King Nicki/Baron von Nubenmuth
Sidney Bracey Gisella's Groom
Anton Vaverka Emperor Franz Josef
Maude George Mme. Elvira
Jane Sherman Marie
Edna May Oliver Eitel/Prince Eitel Hogemut
George Siegmann Shani Huber

Technical Credits
Rupert Julian Director
Erich Von Stroheim Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Richard Day Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Finis Fox Screenwriter
Charles Kaufman Cinematographer
James McKay Editor
Maurice Pivar Editor
Benjamin F. Reynolds Score Composer,Cinematographer
E.E. Sheeley Production Designer
Irving G. Thalberg Producer

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